Monday, November 26, 2007

The Handmade Pledge

Have you taken the pledge to buy handmade?

Etsy, Ebay and many other internet based shops now make it possible for little traders from around the world to share their crafts with the whole wide world.

My family has a tradition of making presents but if you are running out of time to whip something up yourself, we now live in an amazing era that allows us to shop from home in our comfy slippers from homespun artists creating special unique gifts with their own hands.

Want more reasons to shop for handmade?

· no crowded parking lots
· satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter
· one-of-a-kind gifts with a level of detail that mass manufacturers could not touch
· buying handmade helps us reconnect with the process of creating
· environmental effects of mass production are a cause of global warming
Did you need any more excuses to shop?
PS Speaking of family - I am off visiting mine in Canada the next two weeks, blogging will be scattered an occassional from all kinds of places - St Lawrence Market, One Of A Kind, and if the snow holds off St Jacobs.



rochambeau said...

Dear Pearl Maple,
Thank you for taking the pledge.
I take the pledge, because I make my gifts too!

Like all of your list of reasons!

Lori said...

yes i took the pledge:)

Sherry said...

I need to go and take the pledge..I make my own and support others but I still need to take the pledge!!

Anonymous said...

Great news you took the pledge! I took the pledge two weeks ago, and am glad to say that 95% of my gifts are/will be handmade--by me or someone else. It's a great feeling to make gifts and give them, and to support those who make handcrafts. Lots of great reasons to buy handmade! Happy Week! ((HUGS))

Genevieve said...

What a great pledge to take Mandy!!! I love all of the things you have shared lately."See" you soon!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful pledge to make . . . there are indeed so many reasons to buy handmade!

Kahshe Cottager said...

I like to make my own gifts too. This will be a 'sweet' year in my house as I am making chocolates with cherry and liqueur centres for the adults and sewing for some of the little ones! Not everything will be homemade but I am working on it!

Jamie said...

Hiya Pearl Maple,

Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog. I'm so glad we've discovered each other.

Though I haven't gone 100% handmade, I have definitely made some Etsy purchases for the holidays this year. Even *ahem* one or two for me :)

Sherry said...

Just checking in to say that I did take the pledge today!!

Jennifer Davis said...

I saw this too! Very awesome, my side of the family always exchanges handmade items or old "found" items...makes for a really special christmas.

FrostingsNSparkles said...

I need to go and do that, thanks for the reminder :)

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

I took the pledge, too. Gotta love handmade!

Blue Mermaid Cafe..... said...

What a wonderful idea. I will try my hardest to do this. xoxo Nita